This case aims to explore baseball’s literary involvement. Baseball is a team sport based on the skill of individual players and how well those players work together as a whole. The players become our heroes and, sometimes, the villains we love to hate. In addition to the skill of its players, success in baseball also depends on a small measure of luck. A gust of wind can mean the difference between a foul ball and a home run. The emotional highs and lows that baseball delivers to its fans creates a bond that authors like Bernard Malamud and W.P. Kinsella have used to allegorical purpose. A few of the titles in this case have been made into films, so we encourage you to examine the film and literature cases together.